Planning Your Siding & Insulation Project
Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement quandaries addressed by calling or texting 651-461-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 11.27.21.
For homeowners looking to have their home resided, LP® SmartSide® offers the ultimate peace of mind. That’s because it is extremely durable. It is also backed by ironclad warranties. Another advantage of LP® SmartSide® is that it is offered in an array of colors, reveals, and profiles. This allows for enhanced curb appeal. Midwestern homeowners can also appreciate the LP® SmartSide® is manufactured in Two Rivers, MN and Tomahawk, WI. To help homeowners visualize what various siding materials would look like on their home, Lindus Construction offers free 3D renderings. Insulation should also be considered when re-siding a home. The house wrap that’s chosen can have long-term effects on a home’s level of comfort and energy efficiency. Insultex™ House Wrap® is rated at R-6. In addition, the house wrap comes with a built-in drainage plane to ensure water can escape from behind the siding.
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As the temperatures begin to drop, many homeowners are starting to question if they have enough attic insulation. It’s good to know that the type(s) of insulation that is used should take into consideration a home’s architecture. A popular way to maximize a home’s energy efficiency is through a combination of cellulose and spray foam insulation. Not only does cellulose act as a fire retardant but is known to ward off rodents. This is not the same for fiberglass insulation which is easily used by mice and squirrels to create a tunneling system throughout an attic. For optimum results, spray 1.5-2 inches of spray foam should be applied, with cellulose insulation blown-in over the top. This leads to an insulation value of R-60. It’s worth noting that although cellulose insulation does settle over time, it develops a crust on top. This leads to less air movement in cellulose insulation than fiberglass. Attic air sealing and ventilation also need to be correctly addressed so that a home is as energy efficient as possible. Simply adding more insulation to an attic can do more harm than good.
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